Commerce Clause

Prediction

  1. What do you think Commerce Clause means?

  2. Use Commerce Clause in a sentence:

  3. Think of an example of Commerce Clause in current events:

  4. Find an image of political Commerce Clause:

 

Fun Fact

Definition

The clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1) that gives Congress the power to regulate all business activities that cross state lines or affect more than one state or other nation. Here's a list of landmark Supreme Court cases dealing with the Commerce Clause.

Sentence

During the Civil Rights movement the United States Congress used the power of the Commerce Clause to pass laws such as the Civil Rights Act that fought discrimination.

Example

How Donald Trump Could Pressure the Supreme Court

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Question(s)

  1. What does the Commerce Clause give the federal government power to do?

  2. What are some things the federal government has used the Commerce Clause to regulate?

  3. If you were a member of the Supreme Court (you aren't) would you allow Congress to use the Commerce Clause to regulate discrimination, as it did in the 1960s?

  4. What does the Commerce Clause have to do with federalism?